Canada Eyes Submarine Suppliers Beyond the U.S.

On May 17th Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Yoon Suk Yeol of South Korea held a summit meeting in Seoul to commemorate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between their respective nations. Focusing on bilateral cooperation the topics included defense. As Canada has been planning to replacing its 12 aging conventional submarines, it has looked beyond its usual supplier, the U.S. and is considering purchase of the South Korean KSS-III. The Korean boat has several advantages over other foreign made boats (Spain and Japan) in that its conventionally powered sub is one of the few capable of carrying submarine launched ballistic missiles. Canadian military officials reportedly visited the shipyards of Daewoo shipbuilding and HD Hyundai Heavy Industries to further asses the possibilities. Still, the U.S. remains involved in that it supplies Canada with many of their combat systems: Weapons, fire control and sensors. Know a Sub vet, share this with them, then follow up on face book.